Fragile Things

Fragile Things

Short Fictions and Wonders

Book - 2018
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A collection of more than 20 short fictional works follows a theme of the intersections between life and death, perception and reality and darkness and light. Reissue.

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Includes the Story “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” - Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Nicole Kidman

A24 Film Directed by John Cameron Mitchell also Stars Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson

“A prodigiously imaginative collection. . . . The best of these clever fantasy metafictions explores the mysteries of artistic inspiration.”—New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . .

A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night . . .

In a Hugo Award–winning story, a great detective must solve a most unsettling royal murder in a strangely altered Victorian England . . .

These marvelous creations and more showcase the unparalleled invention and storytelling brilliance—and the terrifyingly dark and entertaining wit—of the incomparable Neil Gaiman. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most original writers of our time.



Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2018
Edition: First William Morrow movie tie-in edition
ISBN: 9780062699541
0062699547
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gai
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 21 cm

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Linyarai
Feb 25, 2019

Overall I enjoyed it, but some stories were too short and others were really creepy. The story of Shadow at the end was really good.

mvkramer Dec 08, 2016

Whimsical and horrifying by turns. A great collection of shorts. My favorite is "A Study in Emerald" - Sherlock Holmes meets H.P. Lovecraft with a twist!

JCLAmyF Nov 20, 2014

Neil Gaiman's work is always a treat. This book is full of short stories (and a few poems) that show the wide range of Gaiman's imagination and skill. There are stories with just a hint of magic, creepy stories with ghosts, stories about the dangers of magic... but they all revolve around a human heart and therefore are the best sort of fantasy.

Because this book showcases so many stories from Gaiman, there is some variation in quality, but it struck me as a great way to get the full scope of this author. Even the stories here that seemed the weakest were still worth the read for the imagination and daring the show in composition and subject.

hania4987 Feb 02, 2014

"There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”

If I had to use one word to describe this collection of short stories, it would have to be provocative. I love short stories and these are absolutely wonderful in creating a sinister atmosphere and memorable characters. It evokes stories from Edgar Allen Poe/ Ray Bradbury / The Twilight Zone

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MCinnamon
Jul 28, 2013

A wonderful varied collection. Enjoyed each story and was captivated by his style of writing.

JCLKathleenB Nov 01, 2010

"Instructions" is a wonderful poem, being instructions for those who find themselves in a fairytale. Neil Gaiman is one of my all-time favorite authors.

miss_b Aug 12, 2009

Hands down my favourite story in this collection is October in the Chair.

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ofperilousseas
Apr 25, 2015

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

davidharvie thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

"And if I could," my father wrote to me,

huge as a bear himself, when I was younger,

"I would dower you with experience, without experience."

and I, in my turn, would pass that on to you.

But we make our own mistakes. We sleep unwisely.

- Locks

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

"Know that diamonds and roses

are as uncomfortable when they tumble from

one's lips as toads and frogs:

colder, too, and sharper, and they cut."

From the poem "Instructions".

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

We owe it do each other to tell stories, as people simply. This collection of short stories and poems does just that.

For note is "Instructions", a poem of instructions about what to do if you find yourself in a fairy tale.

"Locks" is retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" as Neil Gaiman would recite to his own daughter.

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mvkramer Dec 08, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This being Neil Gaiman, many stories have imagery and scenes that are creepy, violent, or disconcerting.

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